Food, Nutrition and Recipes

Festive dessert time: How to make a really good trifle

published: December, 22, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy shares his mother’s recipe for a dessert that will wow guests, visually and otherwise, the old fashioned way

Festive dessert time: How to make a really good trifle

Bob’s homemade trifle  Trifle; definition: 1. a thing of little value or importance 2. British: a cold dessert of sponge cake and fruit covered with layers of custard, jelly, and cream. If ever there were two definitions of the same word that are contrary to each other, trifle is that word. Dessert is seldom unimportant and when trifle is on the menu, it most definitely isn’t. I don’t think there can be many desserts so simple to create – anyone can do this - with such a high w

Calming the flames

published: November, 04, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Vitamins - Supplements

From CATIE's Positive Side, Pamela Fergusson on how diet can help cool chronic inflammation.

Calming the flames

Inflammation is a hot topic right now, especially for people living with HIV and other chronic conditions. Simply put, inflammation is our body’s natural response to infection or injury. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. With acute inflammation (a hangnail, for example), injured or infected cells signal the immune system to respond with a cascade of healing chemicals. The site of the infection or injury may get swollen, warm and sore as the chemical processes of inflam

The importance of self care

published: October, 06, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Yoga, Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, Mental Health, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Jason Cole

"Now I know the true value of taking care of myself and what that means," says Maya Cole

The importance of self care

As a young child in elementary school, I was a crafty and resourceful young soul. I had to be. Protection was the name of the game and the players were the many bullies that would make school difficult, everyday. My resourcefulness paid off in the way of escapism from my bullies’ relentless attacks. I had mapped out the entire school yard. Everything was colour-coded, even the trees and neighboring houses. Strongly depicted were my ‘safe zones’. They were the places I would run to w

My guilty pleasures

published: September, 13, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Mental Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Christian Dolan

Let's dance - and eat,. "We are all just as guilty of knowing we shouldn’t do things… and doing them anyway. This is where moderation comes into play," says UK guy, Christian Dolan.

My guilty pleasures

All of us, whether or not we care to admit them, have guilty pleasures. According to a quick Google search, a guilty pleasure is described as “Something, such as a film, television program of piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not held in high regard.” I would add that in some cases a guilty pleasure can be something which we may find embarrassing. Just as I have in many previous pieces, I am going to lay it all bare and really embarrass myself here, as some of my

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

published: August, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Yoga, Alternative Therapies, Aging, Social Media, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Fitness and Exercise, Sexual Health, Health, Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Vitamins - Supplements, Guest Authors

The LHIVE Healthy study is currently looking for 750 adults living with HIV across Canada to participate in the study.

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

People living with HIV are living longer – but are also disproportionately affected by diabetes, heart disease and smoking-related illness. These ailments are not only a result of HIV, but rather are usually the result of lifestyle choices and risks factors such as tobacco use, low physical activity and poor diet. “One of the real challenges today for people living with HIV is to grow old in an healthy way,” said Dr. Jose Côté, principal investigator of the LHIVE Healthy study. It is i

Indulging your inner bacon habit

published: May, 11, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Our Wayne Bristow is well known for being a bit of a bacon freak. Here he shares a recipe for Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Indulging your inner bacon habit

It’s only one of my vices, but if I were to ask my followers on Facebook to name one thing they know about me, I believe the most common response would be that I like bacon. And I know my bacon. It doesn’t come from a turkey, not all bacon bits are real bacon bits and what the hell is Bacon Vodka? Almost daily one of those followers will post a recipe, something funny or a true fact on the benefits of eating bacon. Two years ago I received $25 worth of bacon for a Christmas gift - best C

Eating to be well

published: April, 19, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Alternative Therapies, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Health, Treatment, Vitamins - Supplements, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Peterborough’s Rick Schack about how changing to a healthy diet can help ward off medication side effects and lead to a longer and better quality of life

Eating to be well

Bob Leahy: I know you have a passion for health and nutrition. I wanted to ask you where does that come from and how does it relate to your own journey with HIV.  Rick Schack: Well, when I got my diagnosis in 1996 they said I had four to seven years to live . .  So you started paying attention.  No, for the first three years I partied my butt off, I went to raves, I did lots of drugs. If I was going to die I wanted to live.  So what changed things?  Well three years in, I went and g

The My Fabulous Disease Holiday Spectacular!

published: December, 24, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S King with a healthy dose of holiday humour and his favourite video ever.

The My Fabulous Disease Holiday Spectacular!

7(I can’t resist posting this each Holiday Season. The video below is my very favorite, of the more than 70 I have produced over the years. Enjoy!)  My mother’s home here in Shreveport, Louisiana, was fraught with excitement last week. Christmas decorations littered the living room, the almond scent of cookies filled the air, and last minute phone calls and arrangements made it all feel like a major production was underway. And there was. The event that had everyone scrambling was held

The perks of public speaking

published: December, 02, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Activism, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow, out public speaking during World AIDS Day week, finds there is still a great need to talk about HIV in all our communities. Sometimes perks come from the audience too.

The perks of public speaking

As I write this, World AIDS Week has begun. I have dual citizenship with Guelph and Kitchener Waterloo AUDS Service Organizations respectively, so there are a lot of activities for me to be involved in. One of the those I really enjoy doing and look forward to is getting out and doing public speaking. As I tell my story it changes all the time depending on what I remember to say. Then when I sit down after, I think, ‘damn, I meant to talk about this or that’. Sometimes when I think this m

When summer gives you watermelon, make pickles

published: August, 25, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

David Phillips says dogs love watermelon rinds - or you can try his recipe for pickled watermelon rind, a condiment common in the southern U.S. and in many Asian cuisines.

When summer gives you watermelon, make pickles

“Very food-motivated,” that’s how a trainer described the coonhound breed of dogs a few weeks after my husband and I welcomed Chuck into our family last winter. We already knew that Chuck wanted a bite of just about everything, but we needed to identify those foods which he would acknowledge as major rewards for doing things he might not otherwise want to do, like going outside in the rain.  Peanut butter was helpful for giving Chuck medication capsules. The same with a couple spoonful

In search of biscuit Nirvana

published: May, 08, 2015 Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Our resident foodie David Phillips takes on soul food and says “And so it was that I was recently gripped with the desire to make these airy heaps of baked dough to eat as part of breakfast for a week.”

In search of biscuit Nirvana

One of my favorite cookbook authors and food personalities Nathalie Dupree offers an insight on gender inequality and the U.S. Southern home kitchen. Men have long been raised to feel entitled to spend thousands of dollars on golf clubs and greens fees or some other sporting indulgences with no hope of ever achieving even a ranked amateur status. Yet, women learn to feel guilty for “wasting” barely a dollar’s worth of flour, dairy, and leavening if their first attempt at making biscuits

Chicken + hot oil = OMG

published: October, 30, 2014 Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

David Phillips and how to cook a PositiveLite.com favourite, fried chicken – but with a twist

Chicken + hot oil = OMG

The little boy inside of me fears that my maternal grandmother will haunt me for this piece. The foodie that I am can’t wait to share it.  From early childhood I was acutely aware of one dish my grandmother hated to prepare, fried chicken. Part of her disdain came from the mess of prep and frying as she had learned to make fried chicken from four different women--her mother, her first mother-in-law’s housekeeper, her second mother-in-law, and her longtime best friend’s nanny. Mostl

Wheeling it

published: September, 24, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Matt Levine

Matt Levine works like a dog driving a pedicab in San Francisco but says "I’m aware of how lucky I am to be alive. Dead folks don’t have aches and pains. I won. HIV lost!”

Wheeling it

Life on three wheels  I never used to take the elevator in my apartment building until I started riding a pedicab.  Since March, despite the aches in my legs and sometimes my knees I’ve lost thirty pounds and I’m in the best physical shape of my life.  My emotional health is another story.  But so far that’s okay too, even with the mad spikes in adrenaline and endorphins that come hauling folks of various shapes, sizes and attitudes into the headwinds along San Francisco Bay en rou

Top poz chef teaches you to cook

published: May, 12, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From HIV Plus, healthy cooking saved John Miles and now he wants it to save you.

Top poz chef teaches you to cook

This article by Neal Broverman first appeared in HIVPlusmag.com here.    When John Miles was feeling his worst—fighting HIV, arthritis, and the autoimmune disease Sjögren’s syndrome—pork loin and sweet potato soup became his salvation. Desperate to take control of his health and life, Miles turned to cooking. Miles, now HIV-positive for two decades, taught himself to create healthy dishes as a way to boost not only his ailing body but also his self-pitying mind. “Making healthy,

How dare you be fat!

published: May, 02, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, General Health, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From FS Magazine “It can be good for your self-esteem to get compliments on your body, but if all you’ve got to talk about is how much you lifted at the gym and what you can’t eat, then it doesn’t make you very good dating material”

How dare you be fat!

This article by Gareth Johnson @GTVlondon first appeared in FS Magazine here.  I have a confession to make. I am gay-fat. I’m not overweight or obese by medical standards, but I don’t have any ‘abbage’ (clearly visible and defined abdominal muscles) and I don’t have any ‘cum-gutters’ (the v-shaped definition in your lower abdomen, pointing to your crotch). I am gay-fat.  This isn’t a plea for sympathy or a friend-tervention. I’m just re-aligning my self-perception and acc

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